Hi! My name is Mary. I wear hipster glasses, think skinny jeans are the only jeans, rarely wash my hair, frequently forget that I'm not in college anymore, and feel an unexplainable need to keep up with pop music (but I'm terrible at it). I must have a cold heart because I don't like pets (although I will love you for loving yours, and I will even love yours, just please forgive me for not cuddling with it), and excess and clutter make me feel claustrophobic and cause my brain to stop working. I think cleaning the bathroom is the absolute worst, so I clean it more frequently so it's less disgusting when I have to do the job. I believe in houseplants. I am a textile artist in my heart; I think Maryanne Moodie is magical. Hey Natalie Jean is my favorite blog because somehow she can be so lighthearted and silly and say all the things we're thinking (that we maybe would keep to ourselves), and yet be so intensely earnest and say so many important things. Her references to all Nora Ephron movies are spot on, btw. I absolutely can't handle any violence or intrigue in movies (Quick! Someone come watch Die Hard with my husband!), but will watch one movie over and over again for a week. I've done this with the old Parent Trap with Maureen O'Hara, and I don't regret it. I have two sons that are the most beautiful creatures I could ever imagine, and a husband who loves/tolerates all of the above. My heart is scattered all over the world, and so are my friends. I don't love Texas, but I do love Cacti and Native American art, so maybe we'll make our peace some day.
I use and sell essential oils.
I'm waiting for you to recover your balance and/or breath.
Recently, I made the decision to become a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA, one of the top essential oils company, for those who haven't heard of it. It all happened in about the span of two weeks, and is something I never thought I would do, but on many levels, it's the perfect thing for our family, is meeting needs, and I am confident it is exactly where God wants me. I know this kind of multi-level marketing brings out a guttural reaction in many, and that many people who work for companies like this are pushy, and make their friendships all about their product, instead of the relationship. I am thankful to have several examples around me of people who are successful in their business, but maintain genuine relationships, and share their products with thoughtfulness and a true concern for the well-being of people around them. This is my primary goal when sharing doTERRA on social media or in conversation. These products have helped my family tremendously in a very short amount of time, and I want to see those closest to me also benefiting from the oils. Period. Yes, I am also building a business, but I am confident that my business will grow with or without sales from friends and family. But naturally, I want to share with you! And I am so so so thankful to those of you who are cheering me on. That's what I cherish most from the people I love. I plan to keep doTERRA talk to a minimum on social media, only sharing when it's a natural part of my life, or when there's a class or something extra special going on.
Now that we're on the same page, I want to tell you about something awesome that you can do with or without essential oils: make playdough! I've been sitting on this for a week, but it was time to share. A good playdough is magical, after all, no one can deny that (especially when it's a fraction of the cost of store-bought playdough and is easier to make than it is to go down the playdough aisle to find it). For those who spend a lot of time with small children, whether you're an aunt or a mother or a grandmother or a sister, I wanted to share this amazing recipe I found, and the way I used essential oils to add an aromatherapy benefit and outsmart my playdough-mixing-munchkins. You know what I'm talking about. The very second you put a couple different colors of playdough on the table, the kids want to mix it! I recently witnessed the quick demise of a very vibrant, irridescent-looking orange playdough.
The recipe is a cooked recipe, and nearly the exact thing my mom made for us when we were little. It lasts a very long time in an airtight container, and is quick and easy to make. The texture is fantastic, and if you don't have essential oils, you could put vanilla extract or some other cooking scent. Or just keep it plain!
We made ours with a little purple and yellow food coloring, and lavender and lemon essential oils. I don't know that the colors will look terribly inviting once they're completely blended, but since lavender and lemon smell lovely together and compliment each other with their calming and clarifying properties, I'm okay with that!
Aromatherapy Playdough by The Prairie Homestead
P.S. The boys helped measure out the ingredients, and I did the cooking part while they watched. They loved being a part of the process even though it wasn't the whole process. So don't be afraid to include your children!